Activation prompts in Windows 7

Mike

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#1
Rearm Windows 7 Evaluation Builds

Just as you could do during the release of the Windows Vista pre-releases, betas, and release candidates, the Software Licensing Manager in Windows 7 allows you to "re-arm" a Windows 7 operating system that was installed without a product key. This process is documented on Microsoft TechNet:

In Windows 7:

Launch the Command Console:

Go to Start -> Search -> cmd
Right click "cmd" and Run As Administrator

In the console type:

slmgr -rearm

This will "re-arm" your Windows 7 evaluation for 30 days, but the number of times you can do this is limited to 3, giving you a maximum of 120 days.
 


#2
This trick works with build 6956???​
 


iroken22

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#3
YEs indeed it does. I installed 6956 on a crap computer just to test out the theory and it worked. It resets it to a full nother 30 day eval. I do not know how many times though you can rearm it. I have not tested that out ye.
 


#4
Silly MS. Shame on them for making it so easy to do this... HAHAHA
 


iroken22

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#5
haha maybe they want it to be this easy for the operating system to get out considering how bad the perception on vista was.
 


Mike

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#6
You can in fact do this on Vista evaluations and other software. It is actually a supported method of resetting the activation. But any way, you can only do it 3 times as tested in VMWare. :)
 


iroken22

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#7
Also I found out that if you image the hard drigve and reinstall it it will reset the count all the way back. I did this successfully after having 6801 installed for a month.
 


#8
looks like a good trick!
I'll be using this if I don't have a new build/beta by time this 30days is up!

:)
 


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